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Old 02-28-2008, 09:45 PM   #1
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Everyone move south!

I'm living here in this frozen hell they call Iowa. It's the most miserable winter I've experienced in my 25 years here, and they're saying it's about to break all records in 135 years in terms of snowfall and extreme cold. For those of you who are fortunate enough to live in the south... just imagine this one time..... Just before Thanksgiving we get a big snow, and then another, and another. The cycle continues. From Thanksgiving on, I haven't seen bare grass... only snow. It's so depressing. We get about two snowstorms a week. I shovel my driveway 4 or 5 days a week, often times twice or three times a day when we get these heavy snows. When it's not snowing, the wind blows in cold fronts that bring the temperatures well below zero, sometimes 40 below. It's only February and we've had 56 inches of snow, and it's snowing right now as I sit inside. I've shoveled three damn times since I got home at 4 and it's coming down hard as ever. Anyhow, if you live in the northern states you might be going through the same thing.
Here's where some of you might get offended, but I gotta say Iowa sucks and this should be the last place anyone considers living. This is a shitty cold place to be and you might as well forget outdoor hobbies like riding a motorcycle or fishing, or camping in your bus. Summers are short, winters are terrible and they get worse each year. This place sucks and my girlfriend and I have had it. We went to Orlando, FL a few weeks ago, and as we sat in the warm grass beneath the palm trees we wondered why the hell anyone lives in the north. The entire northern region should be abandoned and considered uninhabitable, and left to wither away in the arctic wasteland. We're moving south hopefully once the snow melts off the roads at the end of may or june. Anywhere but Iowa. This popsicle can kiss my ass goodbye. Horray global warming!!!
Ok sorry but that's how I feel. DONT EVER COME TO IOWA unless you wanna freeze your ass off.

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Old 02-28-2008, 11:04 PM   #2
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NOW I remember why I moved from Oslo, Norway, to Sacramento, California!

Some of us are more sensitive to the climate we live in than others. This can also change with age -- I'm becoming less tolerant of heat as I get older. But that does not mean that I can take extreme cold any better!

Humidity can indeed be a major issue. I tolerate humidity rather poorly, so I live in a climate that is very dry all summer.

We Americans are lucky, in that we are free to move anywhere in the U.S. we choose. If you are like most of us, your main concern will be to earn a living. Therefore, this little town of Clearlake where I live would not be a good choice, as there are practically no jobs here.
Then there is the wide variation in real estate prices. Clearlake is cheap for Northern California, but that's comparing with Sacramento and San Francisco. Clearlake may be expensive compared with Iowa City.

So you need to find a place where the climate, employment, and real estate prices are all agreeable to you. Not necessarily easy. But spend some time researching this, and you will find a place that suits you.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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Some years back I went to Idaho in Jan. and visited some relatives. At some point I realized that everyone had one of those little rooms where you put on and took off all those winter clothes. There was always a huge pile there. Having been born pretty much behind the 8ball when it comes to smarts it took me awhile to put 2 and 2 together. Definitely not for me.I truly think all you boys and girls up there are tough as ****. I couldn't do it. Give me 100 degree heat any day.

You can appreciate this arfisher, you're a carpenter. A close friend and carpenter in Wisconsin called one Jan. and asked if I had any work. Says it's too damn cold. Just so happened to be about ready to start the trim and cabinets on a custom I had going. "Come on down" He stayed 2 months. Temps most of the time in the mid 60's to 70's. On the way home in the evenings as we rode with the windows down with t-shirts on in Feb., he'd call home and lord it over all his friends. Wish I had a house to trim for you. We also bought stock in tequila and then proceeded to try hard and drink the price of our stock up.
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:18 AM   #4
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Re: Everyone move south!

i'm joining the coalition called "Michiganders For Global Warming"

i love having all the seasons, but this winter has been really rough. We are also about to break the all time record of snow fall...we're about 8 inches away and a winter weather advisory is in effect tonight. I love snow! I have an awd eagle talon that does a good job sticking to the road, but I'm so ready for summer! I think the worse part of winter here in the north is the lack of sunlight. Things are getting better...it's supposed to be near freezing this weekend. That's pretty warm compared to the past month. We had some below zero weather. I think everyone should expierence that at least once in their lifetime. You take that one last deep breath before you open the door to go outside because the next breath begins to freeze all the little hairs inside your nose.

i would have a difficult time living down south.....I love driving in the snow, it would be really difficult for me to give that up. Your car becomes a full size go-cart...you can slide sideways around corners, practice "drifting" do brodies in the parking lots, dig yourself out when you get stuck. You haven't lived until that nite that it's snowing so hard that you're the only car on the expressway, you've slowed down to a crawl, and you can't find the off ramp. You know it's somewhere in the 150 feet between those green signs but just can't determine what is road and what is 3 feet of snow covered grass.
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:07 PM   #6
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I've lived in West Michigan my whole life, usually I don't mind winter so much - we normally get a few unseasonably warm days here and there but this year is different. There's been snow on the ground non stop since Just after Halloween. It hasn't been more than a few degrees above freezing in 4 months, I'm sick of it! I'd be ready to pack up the bus and head south too if I weren't stuck in a house. With the housing market where it is, I'd be lucky to loose $15,000 selling my house. I don't want to take that kind of loss, I'm too cheap.

I try to make the most of it. Me and my friends get my quad out and do some high speed sledding once and a while (can't believe the cops haven't showed up yet) The bars are still open, I can fire up some heat in the bus, or the garage and do a little work here and there... I would sure like to live in the south this time of year, but I think it's too hot down there for me in the summer. And I'm too young to move south for the winter.
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Its funny you are complaining about the cold in Iowa on the Thursday before a weekend when it is supposed to be almost 50 both days.
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I love driving in the snow... ...you can slide sideways around corners...
Oooo... Motorscooter with sidecar -- back in Norway when I was young!
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I was thinking western Missouri. My dad has lived there for almost 6 years and he likes it. It still gets cold in the winter, but rarely below zero, and if it snows it usually melts within a couple days. He has 48 acres of timber with a creek running through it, some open pasture and three ponds, with extensive atv trails he's made. I want to build my house overlooking one of the ponds because I love the outdoors so much. My bus would fit right in the wooded landscape. It's close enough to Kansas City to find good carpentry jobs too.

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Your Missouri option raises just one question for me: You typed that post several minutes ago -- so... are you still in Iowa????
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